Posting is going to go back to normal, I swear.

If you could write a letter to your 15 year old self, what would you say?

Dear Kari:

Hi, it’s me.  Well, you.  It’s been almost 8 years.  Let’s chat.

When you and Jonathan break up, put all his stuff in a box and put it in the attic space, but don’t throw it away.  You’re going to wish you had it back.  Especially when you both grow up a little and realize you shouldn’t have broken up to begin with.

Learn how to budget.  I know right now, you don’t have a lot of money.  Pretty soon, it’s all going to be about putting gas in the car.  But one day you’re going to have other bills and you need to learn how to stick to a freakin’ budget.

Read every book you’re assigned.  You’re going to regret leaving To Kill a Mockingbird for so long.

Also, exercise may seem overrated, but you’ve got to learn to take care of your body.  Eat a vegetable or two.  It will not kill you.  And learn to drink more water.

Stop pretending to like things you don’t in order to “fit in.”  Also, stop imagining the fact that you don’t wear a lot of make-up or listen to pop music means you’re not like “other girls.”  It doesn’t work like that.  Just be you and let other people be them and everything will work out okay.  I promise.

Wearing flats is also okay.  You are short.  Accept it.  It’s not that big a deal.

When you go to college (and then Disney), try to form relationships with people and actually talk to them about what you’re going to work for.  It’ll make it feel less like an uphill battle.

You and Mom are going to get along a lot better when you’re not living there.  And she does a lot for you, so cut her some slack.

Tell someone when you’re sad or anxious or overwhelmed.  I don’t care who.  Pick a person.  But tell them.

Everything is going to be okay.  It won’t be easy all the time.  But, in the end, it’ll be okay.

Be brave.

Kari

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